UFC 25 – Ultimate Japan
UFC 25: Ultimate Japan 3 was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on April 14, 2000 at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.
The event was the third UFC event to be held in Japan.
UFC 25 was headlined by a fight between Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva, held to determine the new Light Heavyweight Champion following Frank Shamrock’s retirement from the UFC.
The Octagon announcer was local Sanshiro Matuyama instead of the regular Bruce Buffer.
The event featured the first UFC appearance of future UFC Middleweight Champion Murilo Bustamante, as well as future PRIDE fighter Ikuhisa Minowa.
This event also contained an interview with John Perretti, the UFC matchmaker at the time.
UFC 25 was initially seen live on pay-per-view. Many years later, UFC 25 was finally released as part of a DVD collection (UFC 21–30).
|Light Heavyweight||Tito Ortiz||def.||Wanderlei Silva||Decision (unanimous)||5||5:00||[a]|
|Middleweight||Murilo Bustamante||def.||Yoji Anjo||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||0:31|
|Middleweight||Sanae Kikuta||def.||Eugene Jackson||Submission (armbar)||1||4:38|
|Heavyweight||Ron Waterman||def.||Satoshi Honma||Decision (unanimous)||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Ikuhisa Minowa||def.||Joe Slick||TKO (referee stoppage due to cut)||3||2:02|
|Lightweight||LaVerne Clark||def.||Koji Oishi||Decision (majority)||3||5:00|
- Ortiz became the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.